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Penzance to Porthcurno, and back

Local Bus Timetables 2021-2022 - scroll down for full timetable of bus services.

Currently two different companies are running Porthcurno bus services, as shown below. This creates unfortunate confusion about the use of return tickets and bus passes on buses at the start and end of the day, and runs wasteful duplicate empty buses - which receive public subsidy.

Winter timetables normally have less buses than in summer. Summer timetables usually have about one bus an hour to and from Porthcurno during the daytime, with limited evening service. In winter there is a bus roughly every two hours between Porthcurno and Penzance.

These buses run in a circular route. Some run clockwise and some run anti-clockwise, which explains why times to reach the same destination can be so different and in some places a bus to your destination could come on either side of the road. The circular route includes Land's End, so all of these either go to, or come from, Land's End. Some may have come from St Just and St Ives to Land's End as bus number A3 (formerly bus 300), or may go on to those places from Land's End, and may be open-top double-decker buses. Read more bus info.  2017 saw the introduction of a number of new semi-opentop buses in a circular service Penzance to Lands End to St Ives to Penzance under the route number A1 and A3, with the memorable new route name Atlantic Coasters, later changed to Lands End Coaster.

To get to the Minack Theatre by bus you need to get off at the bus stop in the car park in the Porthcurno valley, between the Cable Station Inn and the Telegraph Museum. From there it is about five minutes walk up a steep hill to the Minack - the buses do not go up that hill. At the Porthcurno carpark just opposite the Cable Station Inn there is an official bus stop with timetables, and from here the bus turns around and goes back the way it came.

Please note that local bus services have been severely cut so that wealthy companies and individuals can avoid tax and social responsibility, and local residents can just stay at home and suffer.

Outside of towns the bus is required to pick you up and let you off where you ask, just wave at the driver to get on, as if you were hailing a taxi. This is officially called a "hail and ride" service. Read more bus travel and taxi information.

Current Winter Bus Timetable from 31 October 2021

Penzance to Porthcurno

From 31 October 2021 to April 2022, daily including public holidays

* indicates red bus provided by Go Cornwall, not the usual aquamarine bus from FirstBus, runs Monday to Saturday but NOT Sunday

# indicates does not go down into Porthcurno valley, request getting off at top of valley, or else walk from nearby Trethewey bus stop/shelter

! indicates runs college days only
No. dep. arr.
A1/A3 0635* 0709*
A1/A3 0830# 0909#
A1/A3 1030 1115
A1/A3 1230# 1309#
A1/A3 1430 1515
A1/A3 1645# 1724#
A1/A3 1740* 1825*
A1/A3 1745 1830

Porthcurno to Penzance

From 31 October 2021 to April 2022, daily including public holidays

* indicates red bus provided by Go Cornwall, not the usual aquamarine bus from FirstBus, runs Monday to Saturday but NOT Sunday

# indicates does not go down into Porthcurno valley, request getting off at top of valley, or else walk from nearby Trethewey bus stop/shelter

! indicates runs college days only
No. dep. arr.
A1/A3 0709* 824*
A1/A3 0705! 750!
A1/A3 0805! 850!
A1/A3 0954 1050
A1/A3 1154 1250
A1/A3 1354 1450
A1/A3 1554 1650
A1/A3 1819 1915
A1/A3 1825* 1939*

 
These buses are run by First Kernow, the local operation of the First Bus company, except from Nov 2020 the first and last buses of the day are operated by newcomer Transport for Cornwall, also called Go Cornwall, who use their own red buses and seem to have eliminated the first and last buses of the day on Sundays. From April 2020 to 31 May 2020 bus services were very limited due to Covid-19, with just four buses a day to Porthcurno. You can always check for latest service status at firstgroup.com/cornwall/current-bus-service., but that covers only buses provided by that company. The local Community Bus was running an independent service several times a day from Land's End to Sennen, St Just and Pendeen, but not to Porthcurno, Treen, St Buryan or St Levan, but that has now been taken over by Transport for Cornwall. Western Greyhound no longer operate buses in this area from November 2013, so buses 501 and 504 to Porthcurno no longer exist.

The entirely open-top 300 bus used to run in a popular big circle around Penwith, covering St Ives, Penzance, St Just, Land's End, and Porthcurno. It still effectively runs in a circle but changes its number at different points on the route and is called the Lands End Coaster. These services have been victims of cuts and confusion at Cornwall Council and First Bus, as have the evening buses which previously served the Minack Theatre. Meanwhile UK billionaires have doubled their wealth, and the UK government are further dismantling society, promoting global warming and hunger, and punishing everyone who is not rich. So catch these buses while you still can.